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New York City

Eli Lederhendler

in Jewish Studies

ISBN: 9780199840731
Published online August 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199840731-0058
New York City

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Cities, port cities in particular, have played a crucial role in the reconstitution of traditional Jewish culture since the 17th century. New York City has been the setting for the largest Jewish community in North America throughout most of US history, indeed the largest single urban Jewry in the history of the world. As such, it has been a premier focus of research on the American Jewish experience. New York is generally seen as a very heterogeneous city, even by American standards, and its Jewish population has, since the early 20th century, ranged from 10 to 30 percent of the city’s inhabitants. New York Jewry’s unique size—more than 2 million at its height in the mid-20th century—makes it an especially rich context for Jewish and general social and historical study.

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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